Emilia Fox fancies swapping her acting career for a lead role in the classroom – as a teacher.

The Silent Witness star had been keen to work in education before her showbiz career took off. “My plan A at university was to use my English degree to become a writer or teacher,” says Emilia, 45, who recently starred in BBC drama The Trial Of Christine Keeler.

“I loved reading books and writing, so I thought something would come of that,” she explains. However, she is part of the Fox acting dynasty – her father Edward, brother Freddie, uncle James and cousins Jack, Laurence and Lydia are all performers.

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And everything changed when she was offered the part of Georgiana Darcy in the 1995 BBC drama Pride And Prejudice.

Emilia recalls: “I didn’t want to do the same thing as my family, so acting was my plan Z.

“Then Pride and Prejudice took me down a path I wasn’t expecting.

“I hope to go back to plan A at some point.”

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Emilia has a £1.3million house in an expensive area of west London, and would have to take a drastic

cut in pay as a teacher.

She earns up to £250,000 a year for Silent Witness plus more for other TV work, such as Sky One’s Delicious.

But a new teacher in inner London starts on £24,000-30,000.

Emilia is reportedly engaged to talent agent Luc Chaudhary.

She was previously married to actor Jared Harris, and had a daughter Rose, now nine, with actor Jeremy Gilley, and was engaged to comedian Vic Reeves and dated chef Marco Pierre White.